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Whether through election to a scientific society, an honorary award or a prestigious publication, several employees of Geneva University Hospitals - from all departments - have found themselves centre stage. Some examples.
Fondation Leenaards awarded one of its Prizes to an innovative biomedical research project in which Dr Stéphane Armand, from our kinesiology laboratory, is heavily involved, and which focuses on improving physical performance in children with paralysis.
Elected to the presidency of the European Society for Organ Transplantation, Prof. Thierry Berney, chief physician of the transplant department, is also chairman of the Swiss Society and Treasurer of the International Association.
Head of the cell therapy laboratory, Prof. Leo Bühler was appointed President elect of the International Xenotransplantation Society.
A clinician, teacher and initiator of new therapeutic education concepts, Georges Cimarelli received the Servier Prize. It was awarded to him for his technical, educational and people skills in his approach to diabetes.
A pioneer in the fight against child obesity and head of the Obesity Prevention and Care Program, Dr Nathalie Farpour-Lambert was elected chair of the European Association for the Study of Obesity.
Chief physician of the primary care department, Professor Jean-Michel Gaspoz received the Rose d’Hôpital prize awarded by the Swiss Association of assistant physicians and specialist registrars. This award recognises initiatives in the field of postgraduate medical training and working conditions.
Christiane Helary, a clinical nurse specialist, received an award from the French Diabetes Society, after her presentation of the implementation of a therapeutic education programme in Cameroon.
Assistant physician at the young people's health unit, Dr Anne Meynard was elected chairperson for the European Region of the International Association of Adolescent Health.
Professor Arnaud Perrier, medical director, was elected to the scientific committee of the Swiss federal body responsible for the distribution of highly specialized medicine (MHS).
Head of the HUG vaccinology centre, Professor Claire-Anne Siegrist was awarded the City of Geneva's "Culture and Society" prize in the science category for the excellence of her work.
Honouring the work carried out in the medical rehabilitation department, Dr Hubert Vuagnat received the Edward Lowman Award from the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. He is the first ever non-American winner.
As the physicist in charge of the instrumentation and neuroimaging laboratory, Dr Habib Zaidi received the 2015 Sir Godfrey Hounsfield Award from the British Institute of Radiology for his innovative work in medical imaging.